Assemblage Thinking in Planning Theory

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory, Ed. by Michael Gunder, Ali Madanipour, Vanessa Watson Van Wezemael. Abstract: In his analytical reading of the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari Manuel DeLanda established explicit connections between their philosophical work and complexity thinking. Recently, DeLanda’s «Assemblage Theory» has been drawn upon in planning theory in order […]

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Joris Van Wezemael und Christoph Craviolini Die Suburbanisierung der Stadt Die Bewirtschaftung von Raum und Seele Urban Renaissance wird in Europa gemeinhin mit einer Renaissance der europäischen Stadt, basierend auf einer Ideologie von Öffentlichkeit, gleichgesetzt. Politik und Immobilienwirtschaft stimmen dabei unter Verweis auf Nachhaltigkeit und urbane Verdichtung in den Chor ein. Wir entwickeln in diesem […]


Directions for building prosperous knowledge cities

Knowledge-based (urban) development Making policies, plans and metrics for building prosperous knowledge cities meets a number of challenges. Challenges emerge from the intrinsic heterogeneity of the research field that has been coined as knowledge based (urban) development (KB(U)D). It is heterogeneous because of the multi-disciplinarity of the field, which is nicely reflected by the contributing […]

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Urban Governance and Social Complexity

In this chapter we try to explore how the invention of complexity as an event in the academic understanding of dynamics, flows, emergence, and adaptivity may impact on the field of urban governance. We will introduce DeLanda’s assemblage theory of social complexity to be followed by our arguments how planners could use this conception for […]

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